During the financial year ending 31st December 2017, Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) recorded net revenue of K3,366.62 million (US$352.59) million [(2016: K5,994,62 million (US$584.18 million)]. The net loss was at K2,770.14 million (US$290.12 million) [(2016: K1,823.08 million (US$177.66 million net loss )].
MCM produced a total of 98,869 tonnes of finished copper during the period under review and this was 11,178 tonnes lower than the prior year (2016: 110,047 tonnes). Total copper production was lower than the previous year mainly due to the 45 day planned smelter shutdown in 2017. Total copper produced from own sources was at 41,738 tonnes (2016: 41,100).
MCM continues to invest heavily in infrastructure projects to increase the copper production and increase the life of the mine by twenty five years. The Mindola Deeps and Mufulira Deeps Projects progressed well during the year under review with total investment in the two projects amounting to US$578.00 million as at 31st December 2017. The forecasted completion is March 2019 for all works in Mindola Deeps and Mufulira Deeps Projects. MCM already invested over K3,884.71 million (US$406.85 million) in the Synclinorium Shaft Project and is planning another estimated K2,005.13 million (US$210.00 million) planned for a new Synclinorium Concentrator (the Concentrator). Site preparation and demolition works at Nkana site for the Concentrator commenced and were 80.00% completed.
There were no dividends declared during the year under review (2016: Nil).